Win 11 system requirements and compatibility talk

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Re: Backups not a Panacea

CAcreeks wrote:

Austinian wrote:

If the malware has already got going before anything else and has complete control of the system, nothing's going to save us, is it?

Good point.

(Except, of course, off-line backups from before the infection.)

In the Solarwinds (supply chain) attack, we are told that the penetration occurred months earlier. If they were doing backups, that means their backups were contaminated. Some organizations retain full backups only for a month. If Solarwinds was retaining only a month or two, then they had no "off-line backups from before the infection."

That kind of patience sure sounds like a nation's priorities. I'd expect an 'ordinary' profit-seeking ransomware gang to grab their payoff quickly in case they were detected and blocked before encrypting everything.

In a modern datacenter with Big Data, it's difficult to keep full backups for multiple years. Tape drives can hold large amounts of data, but the magnetic particles do not stay aligned forever. Optical drives have better longevity but cannot store much data. Home users are lucky because large HDDs are a perfect solution.

Yes, for us it's easy. I just looked at my most-recent backup drive, and the oldest image of my primary drive on this particular drive is slightly more than a year old. The drives are rotated such that no drive stays unused for very long; if one has failed, I'd like to know ASAP.

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